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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Compensation for a collision with a ‘white van man’


    Fleet operators have a duty of care to other road users when they send their drivers out on the roads. Unfortunately, many recent surveys have found that a number of fleet operators do not teach their drivers basic road safety and hazard awareness before sending them out to drive for their company. In addition, a number of accidents are caused by fleet drivers. Heavy goods vehicles like trucks and delivery vans should take more care when around vulnerable road users as they may be more likely to seriously injure or kill a pedestrian or cyclist due to blind spots. Employers must train employees in health and safety and driving for work requires an element of training also. This could include hazard awareness training, explanations of when it is ok to use a mobile phone while out on a delivery, and training on staying under the speed limit where necessary.

    Employers should also consider regularly updating this training to include any new developments in road safety, such as changes in speed limits around drivers’ regular routes. If you have been involved in a collision with a ‘white van man’ or another type of fleet vehicle, it is possible to make a claim for compensation from the company.

    When you can make a claim

    If you have been involved in a collision with a ‘white van man’ or other type of fleet vehicle, you could claim compensation if the driver of this vehicle was at fault. For example, the driver may have been tired at the wheel or using a mobile phone while driving. They may have been speeding or they may just have failed to look where they were going when the accident occurred. If you are considering claiming compensation, you may wish to get some representation.

    How to get representation for your claim

    Accident Advice Helpline has a team of specialist solicitors around the UK so we can help you decide whether to pursue your compensation claim. If you wish to get some no-obligation advice from a member of our expert team, give us a call on our 24-hour helpline. You can even use our 30-second online test first to determine how successful you may be. We may be able to win you a cash payout for any injuries sustained in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault.

    Date Published: January 20, 2015

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    Author: David Brown

    Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims

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